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Rush_shirt
Apr 24, 2007



Millow posted:

I really like Vonnegut and Murakami and have read most of their offerings. Any other authors (and specific books) I should check out?

Check out George Saunders if you're looking for someone comparable to Vonnegut. He's sort of satirical and sort of heart-warming (or heart-wrenching). He's a little more vocal about his politics than Vonnegut was, but I wouldn't say his politics get in the way of his storytelling.

He has three short story collections and a novella. Of those I've only read through CivilWarLand in Bad Decline and I liked it a lot. The Braindead Megaphone is his latest collection of essays -- I'm reading it right now and it's enjoyable.

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Rush_shirt
Apr 24, 2007



LooseChanj posted:

I've already got:
Black=Native Son, Richard Wright

Have you read Wright's Black Boy (it's a very loose autobiography but reads like fiction)? Also, check out Invisible Man if you haven't already.

Rush_shirt
Apr 24, 2007



I've been reading Paradise Lost, and while the annotations in my edition are certainly making sense of things, I think it's finally time I cracked open the Bible. I'm told it's been quite influential.

Now, I understand there are special "study" editions of the Bible geared towards scholars -- ones with annotations, attached essays, etc. I'd like to get one of these, something that's fairly non-denominational in its analysis. I guess I'm looking to read the Bible for the questions it posits, not the answers it provides.

Any recommendations, or are we all still reading The God Delusion?

Rush_shirt
Apr 24, 2007



Facial Fracture posted:

Someone started a thread with a similar question a few days ago, so check that out if you haven't already. The consensus choice seems to be the The New Oxford Annotated Bible http://www.amazon.com/Annotated-Revised-Standard-Apocrypha-Hardcover/dp/019528478X

Wow, I totally missed that thread. Thanks for telling me about it, and the quick and dirty rec!

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